Technology has unique characteristics of either (1) always evolving or (2) stagnating (and a maintenance bill is still paid). This expense includes all hardware components, (i.e CPU, disk, etc.) and the layers of software (i.e database, operating system, security, etc.) that make up your data center.
‘Technology Debt’* is the term used to define the technology layers that cost more than they are worth. Many of these layers are no longer supported, and are at the end of their life cycles.
Platform 3 Solutions examines the market at this time every year to identify end-of-life technologies. Here are some examples from our findings.
Important pieces and parts that need to get upgraded or decommissioned in 2022:
- Oracle – a substantial piece of the pie
- Oracle 12 on Windows – July 2022
- Oracle 18 went into sustainment June 30, 2021
- Peoplesoft CRM v9.2 ended premium support June 2022
- Microsoft SQLServer 2012 – Extended Support ends July 12, 2022
- Microsoft SQLServer 2016 mainstream support ended July 13, 2021
- Microsoft SQLServer 2017 mainstream support ends October 11, 2022
- Microsoft Windows Server 2016 ends January 11, 2022
- Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2010 extended support just ended April 13, 2021
- IBM FileNet Application Engine ends April 30, 2022
- IBM DB2 v11.1.x ends support April 30, 2022
- Red Hat Linux (RHEL) v8.2 end April 30, 2022
- Postgres v9.6 last release was November 11, 2021 and v10 goes end of life November 10, 2022
- MongoDB v4 ends security patching after April 30, 2022
- Hortonworks Data Platform is ending December 31, 2021.
Owner(s) beware, there are also vendors whose technology is ending in totality like Hortonworks, Centos8 Linux and the Sybase database (SAP ASE).
This is adding to the heap of aging technology that was already at the end-of-life and ignored. The cost to maintain (hard dollar maintenance, people, data center space) PLUS the risks around cybersecurity, lack of support and no evolution in the technology, means it is TIME TO CHANGE.
CHANGE today tends to lead organizations into the ‘cloud’ using a costly lift-and-shift approach. This ineffective practice fails to consider what data really has to be moved. Platform 3 Solutions has found that ~50-60% of the total data in these systems does not need to be migrated to the application cloud. In short, it is best to compliantly archive some data to a lower tier storage and to defensibly delete the unneeded data.
Remember – everything in the cloud costs money like never before. Let Platform 3’s expertise, analytics and automation solutions reduce that risk and cost.
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*Although the term ‘technical debt’ is more often recognized, it is a part of technology debt. Technology debt represents the hard dollars associated with maintaining legacy systems. Technical debt refers to less tangible components, such as bloated coding and inefficient application development.